Published: September 4, 2013
A Montana-based Christian mediation organization will open a new office in Colorado Springs - an expansion that likely will bring at least 30 new jobs to the Pikes Peak region.
Peacemaker Ministries expects to open the office on Monday at 790 Stout Road to cater more heavily toward the city's massive evangelical Christian presence, said Amy Laverman, the nonprofit organization's development director. The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance announced the move on Wednesday.
"It's a great location, a great talent pool - there's just a great culture there," Laverman said.
The organization was founded in 1982 and boasts a staff of about 15 people in Billings, Mont. That staff should remain in Billings while the organization adds 30 new jobs in Colorado Springs.
The organization, which has a budget of $1.7 million, specializes in mediation techniques that revolve heavily around the Bible, Laverman said.
While administrative staff will account for a few of those new hires, many new positions will center around the organization's Institute for Christian Conciliation - a program that offers mediation for troubled marriages, business disputes and conflicts within churches.
One of Peacemaker Ministries' aims is to keep churches from splitting up. In the last year, the institute has handled about 650 mediation cases, 50 of which involved churches, Laverman said.
"It can look all nice on the outside, but underneath there's strings of conflict and division in churches," Laverman said. "To hear of a church split really breaks our hearts."
The organization also features a series of online classes as part of its PeaceMaker University, which served about 2,000 people in the last year, Laverman said.
"Basically, we'd like every Christian to know that there is a biblical, a better way to respond to conflict - that there's hope," Laverman said. "There's not an end of the line. Because of Jesus Christ and what he's done, we can be reconciled."
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